wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
(1876 - 1916)
London's mother was a spiritualist and his biological
father was an astrologist.
While toiling in the gold fields of the Klondike,
London became severally malnourished and lost several of his front teeth to
scurvy. His failing health forced him to return home. When he returned to
California in 1898, he was met with the news that his step-father, John London,
had died. He decided to dedicate himself to professional writing in order to
support his mother. From that moment on, he made it his discipline to write
1,000 words every day.
London was often accused of plagiarism, partly because
he based many of his stories on newspaper and magazine articles.